Paintings for Art Access 300 Plates Event

The 300 Plates Fundraiser & Exhibition at Art Access happens Thursday, May 19 from 6 – 9 p.m. This is a wonderful and eclectic yearly exhibition where invited artists are each given the same size “plates” (panels with two holes ready to put art on).

Here’s a photo of my two paintings from a few weeks ago ready for varnishing that will be for sale in the exhibit.

You can preview the art:
Mon. May 16 – Thur. May 19
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Traci O'Very Covey art in-progress

My Art Juried In

I am very pleased that my painting “Blue Torso with Bird and Trees” was selected to be in the Bountiful Davis Art Center Statewide Competition. It is the first time I have entered this juried show so it was nice to get a painting accepted. I look forward to seeing the other art in the exhibit. The exhibit opens May 13th and runs through June 17th, 2016.

Traci O'Very Covey acrylic painting of a blue torso 20 x16 inches

Paintings at 15th Street Gallery

I am happy to have three new acrylic paintings in the 15th Street Gallery group show which opens this Friday, June 19th 4 pm – 9 pm.
Please join me for this entertaining and unique Gallery Stroll evening — some plein air artists will be painting on-site in front of the gallery.

Traci O'Very Covey acrylic painting of two birds 16 x 12 inches

“Two Birds Two Tulips,” acrylic, 16 x 12 inches

Exploring RED Exhibition

I am happy to have these two paintings included in a group theme invitational exhibit at Horne Fine Art from February 3 – March 14, 2015. There are works from over 18 artists in styles from traditional to abstract in the show. It was a pleasure to meet new artists and see some familiar friends at the opening night event. All of the artists wore red that night so it was shades of crimson all around!

Bird with Berries gouache painting by Traci O'Very Covey

“Bird with Berries,” gouache, 8 x 8 inches

Woman with Red Leaf gouache painting by Traci O'Very Covey

“”Woman with Red Leaf,” gouache, 10 x 7 inches

Photo by Mary Horne

Photo by Mary Horne


Spring Art Convergence

Gouache painting Two Birds With Flora by Traci O'Very Covey

“Two Birds With Flora,” gouache painting

This past spring was an abundant time for me with the convergence of three group exhibits: UMOCA (Utah Museum of Contemporary Art) Annual Exhibition & Gala event, Art Access “300 Plates” Fundraiser & Exhibition, along with a major showing at the Loge Gallery called “Visions of Nature” on display during the month of May. “Visions of Nature” featured 18 of my paintings along with other art inspired by nature from Connie Borup, Laura Boardman, and Mikel Covey.


After such intense art making, joyful times at art events, and all the other work that goes into exhibitions, I am back in the studio reorganized with creative juices flowing and new art in the works. Thank you to everyone who went to these fleeting exhibits and purchased art to enjoy living with for many years to come.

Paintings In-progress

I have been working on eight new acrylic paintings in my “Metamorphosis” series for my exhibit in May. Usually I work on two or three at a time — but never this many simultaneously. It has been interesting to work this way. At first I just wanted to get the color brushed on all of the surfaces (which is how I begin with these). Then I began in earnest on one piece moving my brush strokes from that random stage to making more deliberate decisions allowing my inspiration to guide me. As that piece dried I moved on to another one and so forth. We’ll have to see if progress continues this way or if I end up focusing on one or two at a time until complete.

Art Framed for Exhibit

I just picked up some of the art for my upcoming exhibition in Ogden at the Gallery at the Station (in the historic Union Station). These are some of my gouache paintings. I still have paintings in process but it feels so good to have some finished and ready for the show! The exhibit opens on Friday, May 3rd with an Artist’s Reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Metamorposis 6

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) recently held it’s annual fundraiser which was an elegant and fantastically successful event. My acrylic painting above, from my new “Metamorphosis” series, was among the art sold in the art auction.

All of the invited artists created work that was 12 x 12 inches and signed their name on the back so that the patrons would purchase art without knowing who the artist was–meaning that they would be guided by their aesthetic reaction to the art rather than look for a famous name. Since this painting was from my new series that hasn’t had much public exposure it was exciting for me–and I was pleasantly surprised by who ultimately purchase it.
“Metamorphosis 6”, acrylic on board, 12 x 12 inches

The Creation of a New Series

Do you ever feel like doing something different? I have been doing some exploring with my painting lately. A new series called “Metamorphosis” where I allow myself to paint intuitively whatever comes up rather than pre-planning my composition. The work is currently evolving and I am really enjoying it. These paintings were in the annual fundraising show at Art Access (which ends on Saturday) called “300 Plates.” All the artists are given the same size metal plates (with two holes in the top) on which to paint or create.

“Metamorphosis 4” gouache
“Metamorphosis 5” acrylic

These two were my paintings and both sold at the opening night event. I am excited to see where this series leads and will keep you posted.

Breakfast with Art

This morning I stopped at Caffe Niche to snap a few photos of my paintings there and someone was nice enough to take a shot of me.

I liked seeing people having coffee and breakfast amongst my art hanging around the restaurant.
One of the things that I enjoy about being an artist is hearing people’s comments and thoughts about my art. Please stop by Caffe Niche, have a look around and let me know what you think. Thanks!